The Panthers are back at practice in preparation for their Week 15 game against the Packers on Saturday night, and there were a handful of players who didn’t take the field today. Running back Christian McCaffrey (quad), left tackle Russell Okung (calf) and safety Kenny Robinson (illness) were the three players who were sidelined.
Christian McCaffrey (thigh), Russell Okung (calf) and Kenny Robinson (illness) were today’s DNPs.— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) December 16, 2020
McCaffrey has become a fixture of the ‘did not practice’ portion of the injury report this season, and is not expected to play on Saturday. If he does sit out this week, it will be the eleventh game he’s missed this year due to injury.
Matt Rhule told the media today that if Okung is unable to play, Trent Scott will start at left tackle in his place. Second-year left tackle Greg Little would probably be on the game day active roster as rotational depth as well.
In the ‘good news’ portion of the injury report, wide receiver DJ Moore is back at practice after being activated from the COVID-19 list earlier today. He’s expected to play Saturday night and Rhule said that Moore’s ankle is ‘fine’ after he sustained a minor injury in the Panthers’ Week 12 loss to the Vikings.
Matt Rhule says Trent Scott would start if Russell Okung (calf) is unable to play Saturday.— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) December 16, 2020
Rhule also said DJ Moore will play and that his ankle is "fine."
There’s no current word on what Robinson’s illness is, but it doesn’t appear to be COVID-related because that would have likely been reported if it were the case. We’ll keep an eye on his status and provide any updates on that front if they’re made available.